Last month, the City Council greenlighted the controversial plan to sell and redevelop the Brooklyn Heights Library into condos and a new library. Now the project has moved one step closer to reality, because Hudson Companies has filed building applications for a 36-story tower at 1 Clinton Street.
The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) has officially kicked off for the proposed 23-story, 335-unit mixed-use building at 2 Sherman Avenue, in the Fort George section of Washington Heights, located four blocks from stops on either the A or 1 trains. The project, developed by Washington Square Partners and Acadia Realty Trust, will include retail space and a community facility. According to Politico New York, the project will be the first to utilize Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program, which requires developers to rent 30 percent of the residential units at below-market rates in exchange for a rezoning. The mayor’s program is expected to be voted on over the next few months. If the program is not established, the developers will go ahead with the city’s current system, which would require 20 percent of the units to be affordable. An existing two-story commercial building must first be demolished.
Two buildings, one destination. That’s what’s going on at 88 & 90 Lexington Avenue, between East 27th and 26th streets in Manhattan’s Gramercy area. Two buildings – 88 Lexington Avenue, built in 1927, and 90 Lexington Avenue, built in 1958 – are being converted into luxury condominiums by HFZ Capital Group, with workshop/apd as designer. We stepped inside last week to see how the conversion is going.
The former Ridgewood Lodge No. 710, Free and Accepted Masons, better known as the Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is one step closer to a rebirth. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to modify the building at 1052 Bushwick Avenue (a.k.a. 1054 Bushwick Avenue), designated an individual landmark on July 22, 2014, for residential use.
A strip of aging industrial buildings along McCarren Park in Greenpoint are gradually giving way to residential ones. First, an old school Polish bakery sold to Chatham Development Company for $8.7 million, and plans for a seven-story, two-tower condo building surfaced at the DOB. Now, new building applications have been filed for a six-story apartment building at 848 Lorimer Street, between Nassau and Driggs avenues.